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Mentors not going out of style

January 22, 2006

Maybe you had a mentor, or coach, of some sort as an intern or your first few years in the working world. Often, as our careers pass, so does the idea of a mentor for many people.

But that might be a mistake, and many companies are exploring how such programs might help shape their future leaders, according to CEO Views, a quarterly newsletter published by accounting giant Grant Thornton LLP.

Seven of 10 business leaders said they have a mentor and 66 percent said they serve as a mentor to someone else, according to a telephone poll last month of 300 business leaders and senior executives.

"Regardless of your position, if someone has walked down a road you have not traveled, their shared experience can help guide you on a more successful journey," said Tony Pisano, executive director of the Grant Thornton Business Leaders Council.

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